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Widening the Circle: The Power of Inclusive Classrooms


reviewed by Howard Weiner — May 04, 2007

coverTitle: Widening the Circle: The Power of Inclusive Classrooms
Author(s): Mara Sapon-Shevin
Publisher: Beacon Press, Boston
ISBN: 0807032808 , Pages: 250, Year: 2007
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If the vision of full inclusion needed a marketing plan, then this book provides an advocate’s blueprint, as it offers evidence-based arguments, authentic examples of model inclusive classrooms, and practical, common sense appeal. Mara Sapon-Shevin passionately and persuasively stipulates that full inclusion matters. Her appeal is to the core beliefs and values of teachers, administrators, and parents who want to do the right thing by providing access and opportunity in the mainstream for all children. Educators will find a concrete, well-presented and useable discourse on essential dispositions to teach well while grappling with two seemingly irreconcilable movements: full inclusion and teacher accountability for student achievement. The reader is asked to examine conscious and perhaps unconscious beliefs about diversity, equality, and social justice when the typical discourse on full inclusion ostensibly is about training, time, resources, and high-stake test scores. What distinguishes Widening the Circle from “how-to” books on full inclusion is that... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 04, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14473, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 6:37:20 PM

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  • Howard Weiner
    Adelphi University
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    HOWARD WEINER is currently an Assistant Professor in the Special Education Department, School of Education at Adelphi University. Professor Weiner’s areas of interest are Response-to-Intervention, inclusion, and culturally responsive teaching. Recent publications include: (2005) Designing and implementing an ethical and effective inclusion program: A district administrators’ perspective, In A. Mungai & E. Kogan (Eds.), The pathways to inclusion: Voices from the field, Latham, Maryland: University Press of America; (2005) Culturally insulated students: Assessing the diversity disposition gap in a predominantly White university with a new instrument, the Culturally Responsive Educator Test, Journal of Authentic Learning, 2(1), 7-24; (2003) Effective inclusion: Professional development in the context of the classroom, Teaching Exceptional Children, 35(6), 12-18.
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